With over 14 million candidate registrations, and 20 years of the programmes, there are many examples of how ECDL has helped people and organisations to build and certify their digital skills.
For many students, graduation means stepping into the labour market and finding a job that can make the most of the knowledge they have gained over the past few years of their degree. But as many studies have shown, too often, people don’t have the skills that are essential in today’s workforce.
As a vocational certification, ECDL is ideal for employers looking to improve the digital skills of their employees. BIBB, the German Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training, and a centre of excellence for vocational research, adopted ECDL for staff training.
Digital media is firmly part of the modern classroom. Computers, tablets and smartphones are now just as much a part of everyday learning as they are in students’ lives outside school. Teachers in Vocational Education and Training (VET) need to develop the digital and media skills to keep up, or they will be overtaken by their students in the digital world.
UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, identified ECDL in Romania as a promising practice in Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET).
Students’, staff and the wider community’s ICT skills benefit from ECDL: Falcone Education Institute. Against the backdrop of the successful national agreement between the Italian Ministry of Education and the Italian Computer Society (AICA), the ‘Gallarate Higher Institute’ (L’Istituto Superiore G. Falcone Gallarate) became an ECDL Accredited Test Centre in 2002.
This project, ‘Teachers’ Professional Training in Information Technology Use’, ran from April 2008 – June 2012 and had two specific aims: to improve teachers’ ICT skills through the ECDL programme so that they can better incorporate technology into their teaching practices, and to improve their career prospects within the labour market.
The project was initiated by the Department SCHU::COM - ‘Schule und Computer’ (School and Computer) of the City of Winterthur. This Department recognises that the competence levels of teachers in the use of computers and communication technology is a key component of successful integration of ICT into the classroom.
Digital media has arrived in the classroom. Personal computers, notebooks, tablets and smart phones have become part of regular class. Students grow up with digital media. It is, therefore, essential that teachers learn media skills and keep up-to-date or they will be overtaken by their students in the digital world. Furthermore, today’s school administration runs on digital media and no teacher can escape from the digitalisation of the school administration. Teachers must enter absences as well as exam dates and marks in computer programmes. Class preparation is also done digitally. Therefore, each teacher must have a minimum of media competence.